Local police thank volunteers

The Oceanside RCMP can't do it all themselves, but fortunately they have help

The week of April 15, marks National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Oceanside RCMP, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach and the Regional District would like to thank the volunteers involved in community policing in District 69.

Since 1994, community policing has been operating in the Oceanside area. These volunteer societies include Citizens on Patrol, Speedwatch and the Community Policing Offices located beside the respective libraries of both Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

“We do not ever want to take these volunteers for granted as they are very important to the fabric of the community,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman. “When recognizing this group of over 150 dedicated volunteers it is important to note that they volunteer simply for the love of community.

Programs such as Block Watch, Keeping in Touch, Scooter Rodeo, Child Identify and Business Watch would simply not exist without these dedicated volunteers.

“Help is always needed,” Foreman said. “If you wish to give as little as four hours a month back to your community, there are several areas in which you can assist. As well, if you possess a certain skill such as volunteer management, non-profit or charity experience please consider helping our volunteers.”

To help or to access further information attend your local Community Policing Office.

“On behalf of entire community, thank you to everyone who volunteers to make our community a better place to live,” he said.